Bill Lee presents The Baseball Necrology - Live

My wife, LaVonne, and I spent a number of years researching the information that went into The Baseball Necrology, a book that was published by McFarland and Company, Publishers, in 2004. The intent of that research was to find what baseball players, whose playing careers are relatively short, did after their baseball careers. In most cases that information can only be found in obituaries. Consequently, our research became a “death” thing and was compounded when McFarland put the word “Necrology” into the title of the book. Thus, our research became a short abstract of obituaries (necrologies) for every player who had appeared in a major league game since 1876.

Since the book was published in 2004 baseball players have continued to die. From that time until the end of 2013 I continued to maintain current player’s deaths on this website that contains all the material in the book plus player’s deaths since the book was published. This website also contains photos of gravesite memorials for more than 2,000 players. An index to those player’s records that have gravesite photos may be found at

Sadly, the baseball necrology project came to a halt at the end of 2013 as more pressing projects, which had been put on the back burner, needed attention. So, with rare exception, short obituaries of every baseball player that ever appeared in a major league game since 1876 and had died prior to 2014 appears on this site. Just enter a player’s name, point, click and enjoy.

Bill Lee

Phil  Saylor

Born 2 Jan 1871 in Van Wert County OH
Died 23 Jul 1937 at his home in West Alexandria OH
Interred Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria OH. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 44.136' - W 84° 31.965'
Debut Date 11 Jul 1891. Pitcher 1 Year.

He practiced law in Preble County, OH, from 1906 until his death. He served two terms in the state legislature and one term as prosecuting attorney for Preble County. Died from heart disease.

Last Updated 10 Aug 2010.

Click here to see Phil Saylor at Baseball Almanac

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Photos by Bill Lee